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Rockstar Mayhem Festival: 7/5/14 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca

The 7th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival kicked off in San Bernardino, California at the San Manuel Amphitheater on July 5th, 2014. The lineup for this year was somewhat different than the previous years with more of the metalcore bands making an appearance instead of the bigger and well-known bands. Some of the bands that were on the bill included: Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Suicide Silence, Body Count feat. legendary rapper Ice-T, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, and headliners KoRn and Avenged Sevenfold.

By the time I made my way into the area where the side-stage bands were performing, Suicide Silence was performing. I’m not familiar with their music so all I did was look on with their performance. The crowd seemed into them as they moshed away and headbanged. Suicide Silence seems to be doing well with their new singer, Eddie Hermida formerly of All Shall Perish whom replaced the late Mitch Lucker.

After them, Body Count featuring Ice-T took the stage and legendary rapper Ice-T put on a show to prove that he can also rock out. The crowd reacted well as there were mosh pits the whole time and crowd surfers started to appear once Body Count started to play their hit, Cop Killer. I’d never heard of Body Count until they were announced to be at this year’s Mayhem Fest and they were definitely and interesting addition.

Once Body Count finished, the first band I was looking forward to came on. The biggest-selling death metal band, Cannibal Corpse! They played a blistering set that kept the crowd going to where at one point I was being thrown around by two different mosh pits going on around me. They started their set with my favorite track from their newest Torture album, Scourge of Iron. The rest of their set included hits such as: Make Them Suffer, I Cum Blood, Stripped, Raped, and Strangled, and their most famous song, Hammer Smashed Face. As always, frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher made us laugh by cursing at us, the people standing around, the crowd that was watching from up the hill instead of being in the front with us, and by telling jokes. They are definitely a fun and brutal band to see live and I’m looking forward to their new album in September!

Video recorded by my friend/concert partner, Kanon Madness:


After all the main stage bands were finished, I made my way to the main stage where Trivium had started to perform. I’ve heard of Trivium for a long time now but I’ve never listened to them so this gave me chance to check them out and see what they’re all about. I could tell there were fans of their within the crowd from either singing along or they were wearing their Trivium shirts. As for the music itself, I wasn’t really impressed. It’s either because I just didn’t know their music or because there’s nothing that really stood out that made me want to check out their music and become a full on fan. Oh well, I tried.

Asking Alexandria was next and I’ve heard plenty about this band. They were the band that I asked myself, why are they on the main stage instead of Cannibal Corpse? I’m sure the majority of people there were wondering the same thing. During their performance, I looked around and saw little to no reaction from the crowd. I saw the occasional person going wild, but it could’ve been just random people going crazy for no reason, or an actual fan of theirs.

KoRn was the first of the headlining bands. Clearly there were a ton of KoRn fans since once the lights went out signaling their arrival, the crowd erupted in a huge roar louder than anything I had heard all day from being there. They wasted no time in pumping up the crowd as they opened with the crowd favorite, Falling Away From Me. Being the first night of the tour, I could tell they were freshly energized compared to the 2 previous times I’ve seen them since they were way more active and frontman Jonathan Davis brought his A-game and sounded the best out of the 3 times I’ve seen them. They played mainly hits during the night which included: Never, Never, Shoots and Ladders, Twist, Love & Meth, Here to Stay, and they premiered the song Hater live for the first time which will be released as a bonus track for the upcoming re-release of their album, The Paradigm Shift. They also played their most famous song, Freak on a Leash. Both Jonathan Davis’ and bassist Fieldy’s sons came out to rock out with their dads and it was fun seeing them have father and son moments right on stage. Seeing guitarist Brian “Head” Welch back in the band after being gone since 2005 made the band feel complete. KoRn finished their set with Jonathan Davis saying it’s been 20 years since the release of their self-titled debut album and proceeded to end the night by playing Blind, the first track off of that album. I always enjoy seeing KoRn live and will continue to do so.

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The final act of the night was Avenged Sevenfold. Some people were all for them and couldn’t wait to see them, others wanted nothing to do with them and stated to leave after KoRn’s set. I’m a fan of theirs so I stayed. Once again, the lights went out and the crowd got on their feet and yelled and screamed as Avenged Sevenfold made their way to the stage. They started off with the first track off of their newest Hail to the King album, Shepherd of Fire. A7X had the best and biggest stage set-up. They had steps on the sides so they could go up and down as they please, a church-like backdrop with 3 screens showing the band perform from different angles as well as cartoons/music videos, pyros and fireballs that shot out matching the guitar solos, and of course the giant skeleton king statue. A7X had an impressive setlist dishing out the usual songs they play live as well as new ones I didn’t expect them to play. Their songs included: Nightmare, Bat Country, Seize the Day (tribute to their late drummer, Jimmy “the Rev” Sullivan), Burn It Down (rarely played), Afterlife, and of course, Unholy Confessions. I love how they use their pyros on stage, whenever certain guitar parts/solos would come on, pyros would shoot out from the back of the stage and go from left to right or just randomly shoot out from everywhere depending on what was being played but it was a beautiful sight. Guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance are amazing guitar players with their dual guitar playing and sounded spot on from the albums. Singer M. Shadows sounded awesome and had no trouble singing live with his wide range of vocals. Arin Ilejay served as the band’s new drummer following the death of original drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and he did an amazing job on the drums.


Seeing the type of music I mainly listen to, it’s a bit out of the ordinary for me to say I love bands like KoRn and Avenged Sevenfold, but they were some of the first bands I listened to so they’ll always have meaning to me.


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Vans Warped Tour Releases Full Lineup for 2012

As the annual Vans Warped Tour nears its 18th year of touring and continues its steady decline, organizers have announced the headliners to this year’s festival: Pierce the Veil, Anti-Flag, Falling in Reverse, Four Year Strong, We the Kings, Of Mice and Men, Streetlight Manifesto, and Yellowcard.

Fans of the festival may be surprised to find out that this year’s tour will not only be shorter, but it will also hit some smaller venues than it normally plays. For example, although it normally hits The Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA, this year the WA Warped Tour will take place at the significantly smaller—albeit closer to Seattle—Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA. Could this be a sign that the end of the Warped Tour is nigh?

Either way, they are returning this year with a mostly subpar lineup:

A Loss for Words
After the Burial
All Time Low
Anthony Raneri
Born of Osiris
Breathe Carolina
Brian Marquis
Captain Capa
Champagne Champagne
Chelsea Grin
Chunk! No Captain Chunk!
Cold Forty Three
Dead Sara
Divided by Friday
Echo Movement
Every Time I Die
Falling in Reverse
For Today
Four Year Strong
Funeral Party
Hostage Calm
Hyro da Hero
I Am the Avalanche
I Call Fives
I Fight Dragons
Impending Doom
Into It. Over It.
It Boys!
Living With Lions
Lost In Society
Machine Gun Kelly
Make Do and Mend
Man Overboard
Matt Toka
Mayday Parade
Memphis May Fire
Mighty Mongo
Miss May I
Mad Sun
Motionless in White
New Found Glory
Of Mice and Men
Oh No Fiasco
Owen Plant
Pierce the Veil
Polar Bear Club
Rise to Remain
Senses Fail
Sick of Sarah
Skip the Foreplay
Sleeping with Sirens
Streetlight Manifesto
Super Water Sympathy
T. Mills
Taking Back Sunday
Ten Second Epic
The Constellations
The Darlings
The Ghost Inside
The Green
The Jukebox Romantics
The Silver Comet
The Used
Title Fight
Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds
Tonight Alive
Tony D’Angelo
Twin Atlantic
Vampires Everywhere!
Vinnie Caruana
We Are the In Crowd
We Are the Ocean
We the Kings
Wick-It the Instigator
You Me At Six

The lineup may seem dark and depressing (which it is) but fret not, for there are a handful of silver linings in this black cloud:

Anti-Flag– a great political punk group who have been doing what they’ve been doing for around 20 years, and they do it with masterful knowledge and inspiring attitude.

Dead Sara– Just ask Antiquiet; these guys know how to rock. Not quite a punk band or an emo band, but certainly a good old fashioned rock and roll band. You can even check out my review of the group from last fall’s tour in support of Bush by clicking here.

Echo Movement– Good friends of mine, and astounding musicians. Not your typical “420 Bob Marley Getting Irie” type of reggae, my friends. This is more like “third person perspective of solipsism” type reggae. To read my confession of a past Echo Movement concert in Seattle, WA click here.

The Green– If you do prefer simpler reggae, however, then I have good news for you. Hawaii’s own The Green are playing Warped, and are as real as it gets. Just picture a more serious version of Pepper.

Every Time I Die– Part punk and part Refused-style post hardcore, Every Time I Die are Warped alumni that do not deserve your hatred. They incorporate cleverness and humor into their songs (but mostly the song titles) and also know how to throw a heavy metal redneck type of party.

Streetlight Manifesto– One of the few real ska bands on this list, unfortunately. But fortunately for you, they are awesome. They just finished a co-headlining tour with fellow Warped alumni Reel Big Fish, and are adding their energetic horns-heavy brand of third wave ska to lighten up the mood of this dismal festival.

Funeral Party – Our founder Reverend Jusito caught these guys last fall supporting Death From Above 1979 and was impressed by their unique mix of post hardcore dance punk.

2012 Vans Warped Tour Dates (Venues to be added once announced):

Sat, Jun 16 – Salt Lake City, UT (Utah State Fairpark)
Sun, Jun 17 – Denver, CO (Sports Authority Field At Mile High)
Wed, Jun 20 – Las Vegas, NV (TBA)
Thu, Jun 21 – Irvine, CA (Orange County Great Park)
Fri, Jun 22 – Pomona, CA (Pomona Fairplex)
Sat, Jun 23 – San Francisco, CA (AT&T Park Lot A)
Sun, Jun 24 – Ventura, CA (Ventura County Fair)
Wed, Jun 27 – San Diego, CA (Cricket Wireless Amphitheater)
Thu, Jun 28 – Phoenix, AZ (Camelback Park)
Fri, Jun 29 – Las Cruces, NM (NMSU Practice Field)
Sat, Jun 30 – San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)
Sun, Jul 01 – Houston, TX (Reliant Center Parking Lot)
Tue, Jul 03 – Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
Thu, Jul 05 – St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Fri, Jul 06 – Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Sat, Jul 07 – Chicago, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheater)
Sun, Jul 08 – Minneapolis, MN (Canterbury Park)
Mon, Jul 09 – Kansas City, KS (Sandstone Amphitheater)
Tue, Jul 10 – Indianapolis, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
Wed, Jul 11 – Cleveland, OH (Blossom Music Center)
Thu, Jul 12 – Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagra Pavilion)
Fri, Jul 13 – Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Sat, Jul 14 – Montreal, QC (Parc Jean-Drapeau)
Sun, Jul 15 – Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheater)
Tue, Jul 17 – Buffalo, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
Wed, Jul 18 – Scranton, PA (Toyota Pavilion)
Thu, Jul 19 – Boston, MA (Comcast Center)
Fri, Jul 20 – Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
Sat, Jul 21 – New York, NY (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
Sun, Jul 22 – Hartford, CT (The Comcast Theatre)
Tue, Jul 24 – Columbia, MD (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
Wed, Jul 25 – Virginia Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach)
Thu, Jul 26 – Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood)
Fri, Jul 27 – Orlando, FL (Central FL Fairgrounds)
Sat, Jul 28 – Miami, FL (Cruzan Amphitheater)
Sun, Jul 29 – Tampa, FL (Vinoy Park)
Mon, Jul 30 – Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
Tue, Jul 31 – Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
Wed, Aug 01 – Milwaukee, WI (Marcus Amphitheater)
Sat, Aug 04 – Seattle, WA (Marymoor Park)
Sun, Aug 05 – Portland, OR (Rose Quarter Riverfront)

Whitechapel Announce 2012 Spring US Tour Dates

Whitechapel Announce 2012 Spring US Tour Dates

Whitechapel have just announced dates for their Spring 2012 headline tour of the United States. Tickets for the trek which will feature support from artists including Miss May I and After The Burial will go on sale December 18th, 2011. When asked about the tour, Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade commented:

“We are really excited to announce our headliner “The Recorruptour” that will be taking place Spring 2012. We love to headline because not only do we get to put a lot of time and effort into creating an awesome live show for our fans, but we get to take out our friends as well. The lineup for this tour is a selection of our good friends and great bands and we are stoked for them to be joining us on this run. We are also excited for the involvement of Rockstar Energy Drink and Alternative Press Magazine with the tour. See you next spring on The Recorruptour!”

Dates for the trek are below:



With special guests: After the Burial, The Plot In You and Struc/tures

03/10   Memphis, TN                Newbys

03/11   Knoxville, TN                Valerium

03/13   Grand Rapids, MI          Intersection

03/14   Indianapolis, IN             Egyptian Room

03/15   Springfield, MO             Outland Ballroom

03/16   Kansas City, KS             Beaumont

03/17   Wichita, KS                   The Scene/ary

03/20   Reno, NV                      Knitting Factory

03/21   Sacramento, CA                        Ace of Spades

03/22   Ventura, CA                  Ventura Theater

03/23   Fresno, CA                    Retro

03/24   Tucson, AZ                   Rialto

03/25   Las Vegas, NV               Hard Rock

03/27   Farmington, NM                        Top Deck

03/28   San Antonio, TX                        White Rabbit

03/29   McAllen, TX                  El Rey

03/30   Corpus Christi, TX         House of Rock

With special guests: After the Burial, The Plot In You and Within the Ruins

05/03   Louisville, KY                Expo 5

05/04   Asheville, NC                The Orange Peel

05/05   Birmingham, AL             Zydeco

05/08   Orlando, FL                   HOB

05/09   Jacksonville, FL             Freebird Live

05/10   Charleston, SC              Music Farm

05/12   Columbus, OH              Newport

05/13   Huntington, WV                        The Bid Sandy

05/15   Albany, NY                    Northern Lights

05/16   Burlington, VT              Higher Ground


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